Media and Technology Clinics
The Center offers open “Clinics” on creative, theoretical, and critical uses of technology, media, and design practices. The “clinics” are called such to underline their union of theory and practice, teaching and engagement. These clinics are meant to provide to campus and community project leaders access to guidance, equipment, and models to complete projects that aim to intervene in real world problems, while giving to Center researchers, staff and affiliates, collaborative opportunities in their clinic consultations.
Each clinic is organized around a conceptual and pragmatic theme: The Anti-Oppression Clinic helps develop social justice projects; the Imaginative Futures Clinic helps develop speculative design, art, and research projects dedicated to imagining and inventing futures; lastly is the Digital Humanities Clinic, supporting research in a range of disciplines.
Projects could be (among other things): podcasts, digital writing, creative coding projects, social media campaigns, zines, digital art, videos, animations, video games, websites, scholarly work with technological components, wearable technology, and so on.
Process: If you have a project that you believe would fit well within the theme articulated below for one of the clinics, inquire with CRC director Anthony Stagliano at staglian at nmsu dot edu. After review of initial inquiry, we will request a short formal proposal, around 2-3 pages, which describes the project's connection to the Clinic theme, the technical needs the Center can help with, and the specific goal of the project. During development of the project as part of the Clinic, an interdisciplinary advisory board will offer guidance on conceptualizing the project, and Center staff will offer help and access to equipment in the completion of the project.
For information, contact CRC Director Anthony Stagliano: staglian at nmsu dot edu
Media projects have their role to play in working against oppression. Media that gather, educate, inform, inspire, organize, and so on, can be crucial tools in efforts to make the world more just. This clinic supports media projects, such as documentaries, websites, social media campaigns, graphic design projects, podcasts, etc., that are designed to work against oppression, racist, sexist, homophobic, islamophobic, and all varying intersections of oppressive marginalization. Qualifying projects will have the use of the Center’s resources, and will also receive guidance from the Clinic’s faculty advisory board, guidance in both the technical and conceptual aspects of the project.
The Center has equipment, software, and expertise for the production of podcasts, websites, videos, mobile apps, wearable technology, physical computing projects, zines, flyers, posters, and much more.
The Center, in consultation with appropriate researchers, will, at the completion of each project produce a document on the project’s process, results, and its actionable practices, that others may learn from and use what is developed by each project.
Spring 2017 Anti-Oppression Clinic:
IMAGINaTIVE FUTURES CLINIC
This clinic supports speculative, inventive, imaginative, and futurist uses, abuses, and perversions of technology in the interest of imagining different social futures. That is, the clinic supports and helps to cultivate practices and techniques for imagining different lived worlds, different spaces, places, dwellings with, alongside, and through technology, the environment, and each other. A guiding principle of the clinic is that while social and political realities can, and often must, be critiqued, new worlds are in constant need of invention. What imaginative and speculative forms of inquiry can we put into motion? The Creative Research Center will make its materials, software, and researcher resources available to projects participating in the clinic with the aim of imagining different futures. The Center has equipment, software, and expertise for the production of a variety of narrative, code-based, visual, audio, and hybrid forms.
At the end of each project, the Clinic will make its results available in a medium appropriate to the project’s form and content.
DIGITAL HUMANITIES CLINIC
This clinic supports humanites research projects using a variety of digital tools, methods, and applications, incuding data visualization, network mapping, audio-visual essays, distant reading and corpus analyses, and more. The Center has equipment, software, and expertise for a wide range of projects.